Hero first Brit prosecuted for blocking speed camera says Id do it again

A rebellious resident has been hailed a "hero" after blocking a speed camera – and says he'd do it again, even though he was prosecuted for it.

Jack Cureton, 63, from Barnsley in South Yorkshire, has been the first man to be prosecuted for obstructing a speed camera.

He was caught on December 7 last year obstructing the van which was kitted out with a camera, YorkshireLive reports.

Despite his prosecution, many comments on Facebook from other residents have named Jack as a "hero" and have encouraged him to set up a fundraiser page to help with court fines, resulting in Jack saying "he would do it again."

Jack said: "I did it because it was a civilian parked on the pavement with a speed camera, with no sign saying he was allowed to be there, he was parked illegally.

"The Highway Code clearly states in black and white you must have a sign, or be clearly marked and this person had totally ignored it, it was an entrapment.

"At the end of the day we were in a pandemic, I couldn't get past the van with a two-metre distance either."

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Jack was fined £422, and is planning to set up a gofundme page to help him with paying the court fine, following hundreds of comments on Facebook supporting Jack's bold move.

The comments had also suggested that Jack did a crowd fund as many people would donate to help his cause, labelling him a "hero."

Jack claimed: "I had great fun doing it, they threatened to arrest me and everything.

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"But, soon as I started filming they stopped threatening, I refused to give my name."

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "Cureton continued to stand behind the vehicle, blocking the speed enforcement camera’s view, while intimidating the Policing Support Officer."

However, Jack responded: "I gave them some grief, I called the civilian some things, he must have thought I was going to run after and kick him.

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"I can barely walk without two sticks. That's why I use a mobility scooter, I have a back injury and I'm diabetic so I have no choice but to use my scooter."

He also claims the police officer had put his foot under the tyre of his mobility scooter so he couldn't go anywhere.

South Yorkshire Police added: “We are pleased with this court result, and hope it will show all members of the public that such behaviour towards or staff will not be tolerated."

Jack said: "Too right, would I do it again."

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